It’s truly amazing how far smartphone camera hardware has come in such a short period of time. It took roughly 5 years to advance the image processing capabilities from a pixelated mess to the crisp and clear photos we can take today. This reaches well beyond the megapixel spec race, since camera modules these days sport vastly improved optics, wider aperture, and even larger pixel sensors that capture more light.
Truth be told, cameras are so powerful in the latest-generation flagship devices that “smartphone photography” is becoming a real thing. We no longer have to mask all of our phone pics with overbearing Instagram filters to make them look halfway decent, and we can actually start using some traditional photography methods. So to get you started off on the right foot, I’ll go over five simple photography tips that now also apply Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, and other types of smartphones.